Photos: Out of this world images from NASA

Photos: Out of this world images from NASA

Credit: NASA

Helios-A Solar Probe At Launch Complex - The Helios-A solar probe launched on Dec. 10, 1974 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. As it looped around the Sun in an orbit that took it from Earth's orbit (1 AU from the Sun) to about 0.3 AU from the Sun and back again, Helios-A studied the solar wind, magnetic and electric fields, cosmic rays, and dust in interplanetary space. It flew within 47 million km of the Sun at a speed of 238,000 km per hour, the closest any human-made object had been. Its data indicated the presence of 15 times more micrometeorites close to the Sun than there are near Earth

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by ELIZABETH THOMAS / WCNC.com

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Posted on February 14, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 7 at 4:11 PM

Check out stunning images from NASA-- everything from solar flares, ground-breaking machinery, discoveries of new galaxies, and behind the scenes of NASA missions. A new image is added daily every Monday through Friday.

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